Are you training or testing when you’re in the gym?
Hitting the gym is a ‘healthy’ habit of many these days.
While shifting some iron is all good, as is spamming out a 10k, consistently trying to one-up them can soon become problematic.
A common training trap to fall in to is the one of constantly testing your limits rather than building/increasing them.
This happens in part due to the ego we all have.
After all, once you start getting a name for yourself it becomes easy to link your very soul to that thing you do and to drop off some time on a 10k to allow recovery or perhaps run less total distance freaks people out.
Same goes for lifters, they end up using the same weights as they don’t want people looking down on them.
Insecurity really does become exacerbated in the gym.
Taking the time to step back and allow yourself to actually progress can be the hardest lesson to learn.
Cycling training loads, playing with total volume, deliberately programming to allow progress can be the hardest lesson for many to learn.
I’ve spent years trying to reach people in the right way for them.
Some have a lightbulb moment, others dig their heels in.
Most have the attitude of – ‘well a little more won’t hurt’.
Dear friends, when was the last time you made decent progress?
Answer this to yourself honestly.
Cut all the bullshit and excuses that you may dream up and really assess the place you’re in and compare it to say 5 years ago, have you really progressed or not?
If the latter is the answer then that may come from the fact you’ve been testing yourself too much, instead of building.
I speak from experience on this one.
Don’t waste years of your life going nowhere.
You’re not that important, no one cares if you go in and run 5k instead of 10, or press the 30kg dumbbells for sets of 12 instead of the 40’s.
Only your ego cares about such trivial things.
Don’t become a slave to it. Don’t succumb to the allure of constantly testing your body, train it to be better, train it to progress.
By all means plan in a test perhaps once or twice per year, just don’t do it every session.
Any questions please leave them below.